Our Story

 We formed in the fall of 2010, when our local county road department (DPW) killed a family of beavers in Kings Beach.  They had killed another beaver family in the same location in 2009.  They hired a state crew to destroy the beavers' dam and lodge, leaving the adult pair and 2 kits (babies) with no protection for several days before hired agents came and shot the family.  Not only is this continued killing inhumane, but it is also costly to taxpayers year after year.  The 2010 costs alone amounted to about $10,000 (the California Conservation Crew cost $8,500 for the week, per the CCC Director, plus an estimated $1,500 in county costs for administration, refuse disposal, erosion control, and the county wildlife agents who shot the beavers).


We formed an unincorporated non-profit association to work with agencies and homeowners to employ simple and non-lethal solutions for living with our local beavers and all wildlife.  Through education, we try to bring an appreciation of wildlife, and provide knowledge of easy precautions to avoid and/or solve any conflicts.

Our Newsletters  2010--2020

SWC Board Meeting

Dwayne, Sherry, Toogee w/ Max & Miss Lily

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Toogee - Mosquito Larval Study, Glenbroo

Mosquito Larval Density Study

Toogee Seilsch on TV.jpg

Beaver tracks in snow

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Toogee on TV-Channel 8, Reno

Taylor Creek with Smokey.JPG

w/ USFS Jean Norman and Smokey Bear

Our Volunteers

Sherry Guzzi

Co-Founder of Sierra Wildlife Coalition, Director-North Lake Tahoe, Secretary-Treasurer; she's a retired architect and has lived and worked full-time in the Tahoe City area for 40 years

Toogee Sielsch

Director-South Lake Tahoe, a tireless supporter of all  wildlife, he also volunteers for Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care.  His focus is our black bears, of all colors, that he loves - check out his trail-cam videos on facebook.

Dana Spencer

Our most versatile Volunteer, Dana has helped with Pond Leveler installations, many tree-protection sand-paintings,

and also at our SWC booths at festivals

Dwayne Crenshaw

Star Volunteer for both 2016 & 2017,

Dwayne was always ready to help.  Dwayne moved back east to be with family. He will be missed!

Ted Guzzi


Co-Founder and Executive Director;

His degree in biology and experience as a contractor who specialized in custom log homes were invaluable for installations of Pond Levelers and other devices, and his artistic talents are seen in all our graphics.

Sheri Hartstein

Wildlife Photographer and volunteer,

her photographs grace our displays and presentations, and she is always ready to help at our booths.  

Neighborhood Volunteers

We can always use feedback from local residents and visitors - let us know about beavers in your 'hood - and especially if you see any potential problems, so we can offer easy and practical solutions.